Britney Gets Her Belly Ring Back
The singer – dressed in dark blue jeans, a teal sweater and a camisole – recently visited Venus by Maria Tash, an upscale piercing and jewelry studio in New York City's SoHo neighborhood. Spears, who's been pierced by Tash before, got her belly button piercing reinserted with an elaborate blue topaz and-white-gold piece, which cost more than $200. "I think it's part of her whole reclaiming her body thing," Tash tell us. "It's good she's readorning her body. She's known for being strong and cut." Tash says Spears is in "really good shape" and "was having fun, dancing to the music upstairs (while) her friend got pierced."
The pop diva was also in a giving mood. She stopped in to designer Catherine Malandrino's boutique in the ultra-hip Meatpacking District, where she bought her mom Lynne $865 cream-colored lambskin boots to go with her matching coat. "She was like, 'They look so good on you! This is my gift,' " says an observer.
Hold the Potatoes
Though she's known for throwing lavish parties, Oprah Winfrey doesn't have a star-studded affair planned for Thanksgiving. "I'm having some friends over and that's it," she says. "I get that smoked turkey from Tyler, Texas, that's already done, and I'll do some light veggie thing. I can't be eating potatoes, honey. I've got to go on David Letterman (on Dec. 1) and I can't have a belly for that."
The daytime talk-show queen looked fit in a Vera Wang dress at the recent 2005 International Emmy Awards Gala at the Hilton Hotel in New York City, where she was honored with the Founder's Award. After getting through her busy schedule in the coming weeks – including the opening of the Broadway production of The Color Purple, which she's producing – Winfrey plans on heading to Africa and "taking some time off."
Caught in the Act
Courteney Cox and David Arquette, hosting a dinner party for their niece at The Lodge Steakhouse in Los Angeles. Guests dined on crab cakes, chopped salad and filet mignon and drank bottles of Shiraz wine. At one point, the couple shared a private chat away from their gathering while everyone else was eating. "It looked serious, but when they came back to the table, they were all smiles," says an observer.
Gisele Bundchen, eating brunch at West Village eatery Extra Virgin with a female friend. The supermodel feasted on banana French toast and split a sandwich and salad with her pal.
By KRISTEN MASCIA, KATY HALL, KIMBERLY LANSING and MARLA LEHNER